42 days in Turkey Itinerary

42 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey vacation planner

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Drive to Antalya International Airport, Fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Drive to Goreme
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bodrum City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fethiye
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kas
— 5 nights
Drive
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Antalya
— 6 nights
Drive
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Alanya
— 5 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 6 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fairy Chimneys and Gulludere Vadisi. Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and Uchisar Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Kaymakli (in Nevsehir) and Ihlara Valley (in Guzelyurt). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Pasabag, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Goreme holiday planning app.

Isparta to Goreme is an approximately 6-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In July, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 7 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chora Museum and Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam. Spend the 17th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Hagia Sophia, and steep yourself in history at Rumeli Fortress.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul online itinerary planner.

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Goreme in July, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Pamukkale

— 3 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Visiting Pamukkale Thermal Pools and Balloon Rides will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hierapolis and Aphrodisias. There's much more to do: Head underground at Kaklik Cave, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodrum City

— 3 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castle of St. Peter and Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Akvaryum PlajI will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Yalikavak Marina, do a tasting at Vinbodrum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mor Plaj.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bodrum City trip builder tool.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Bodrum City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Fethiye

— 6 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Visiting Babadag and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Dalyan Nehri. Venture out of the city with trips to Dalyan (Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area, Dalyan Spirit Gift&Speciality Shop, &more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and Head underground at Mavi Magara.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fethiye online holiday planner.

You can drive from Bodrum City to Fethiye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bodrum City in July, with highs in Fethiye at 38°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Kas

— 5 nights
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Take a break from the city and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Kaputas Beach. Get some cultural insight at Patara Antik Kenti and Church of St. Nicholas. Change things up with these side-trips from Kas: Patara Plajı (in Patara), Xanthos Antik Kenti (in Kalkan) and Demre (Kale) (Myra Antik Kenti & Kekova Island). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kalekoy Harbour, take in the exciting artwork at LikyaArt, explore the ancient world of Hellenistic Theatre, and stroll through Island of Kekova.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kas driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Kas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kas are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Antalya

— 6 nights
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Take a break from the city and head to Kursunlu Waterfalls and Lower Duden Waterfalls. Phaselis and Olympos Ruins are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antalya: Goynuk Canyon (in Goynuk), Cirali Beach (in Cirali) and Side (Vespasianus Aniti, Side Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at TahtalI Dagi, take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, and delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Antalya road trip site.

Traveling by car from Kas to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kas in August, Antalya is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Alanya.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Alanya

— 5 nights
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alanya Kalesi and Parasailing & Paragliding. Kizilkule and Alanya Arkeoloji Muzesi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Alanya with a short trip to Manavgat Waterfall in Manavgat, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Dimcay, stroll around Kedi Evi, take in breathtaking views at Sapadere Kanyonu, and take in the pleasant sights at Alanya LimanI.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Alanya trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Antalya to Alanya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.